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Macron tribute to African troops on anniversary of Provence landings

French President Emmanuel Macron, joined by the presidents of Ivory Coast and Guinea, led commemorations at Saint-Raphaël, in Provence marking the 75th anniversary of the Allied troop landings to liberate southern France from German occupation, when he notably paid tribute to the role of huge numbers of soldiers from France's African colonies, of whom about 55,000 were killed during WWII, declaring 'France has a part of Africa in her, and on this Provence soil, this part was that of shed blood'.

French troops to reinforce security measures for weekend protests

A major political controversy has erupted over a government decision to use French troops, normally deployed on streets in anti-terrorism patrols, to defend official buildings and free-up police numbers during anti-government 'yellow vest' protests this weekend, amid tensions  heightened by a ban on demonstrations in certain towns and cities.

Macron 'very deeply' regrets Trump decision on Syria

FDrench President Emmanuel Macron, speaking during a visit to Chad, said he "very deeply' regrets the decision by his US counterpart Donald Trump to withdraw American troops from Syria, commenting that 'An ally should be dependable'.

Knife-wielding man attacks army patrol in Paris station

A French soldier escaped injury after a knifeman who attacked him and colleagues on foot patrol in the busy central Paris underground train station Châtelet was wrestled to the ground and detained, prompting the opening of a counter-terrorism investigation. 

Macron in lightning visit to French troops in Mali

In a visit lasting just a few hours, President Emmanuel Macron on Friday met some of the 4,000 French troops engaged in Mali to fight jihadist forces in the north and the wider Sahel region, pledge that France will continue to defend the West African country and to provide aide for its development.   

French foreign minister urges UN to condemn Syria chemical attacks

Jean-Marc Ayrault called for the UN Security Council, which includes Russia, to take a stand over Syrian government troops use of toxic gases.

France to boost number of troops in Ivory Coast

Move comes at time of growing regional terror threats and after Islamist attack on Grand Bassam beach resort in March that left 19 people dead.

France to deploy 1,600 extra police after Brussels attacks

Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Paris is deploying additional police to border crossings and air, sea and rail infrastructure.

French public back military intervention in Syria

In BVA poll 55 percent said they would support French action in Syria compared to 64 percent who were against it in 2013.

France's poisoned legacy in the Central African Republic

French troops sent to protect tens of thousands displaced by the violence are now accused of exploiting the lawlessness engulfing the nation.

France to keep 10,000 troops on its streets

The numbers of troops deployed in a security plan introduced after the January Paris terrorist attacks will be maintained in the immediate future.

France mobilizing 10,000 troops after deadly Paris attacks

Defence minister announces use of soldiers on home soil with 4,700 personnel deployed at France's 717 Jewish schools.

France marks end of deployment in Kabul

Around 150 French soldiers who helped run military airport hand over responsibility to Turkish unit working under the new NATO mission.

France to deploy more troops on streets following attacks

Terrorism was rule out for two attacks in which vehicles were driven at city-centre crowds, but PM Valls said he understood public 'worry'.

France says it has 'neutralised' nearly 200 jihadists in Sahel

French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says some important leaders are among those killed or captured, mostly in Mali and Niger.